Aug 232020
 
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Dion Lewis, New York Giants (August 23, 2020)

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AUGUST 23, 2020 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP MEDIA PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media and team sources:

  • Light practice today in helmets and shorts. It was more of a fast-paced walk-through.
  • The Giants provided a 20-minute video on today’s practice on YouTube.

INJURY REPORT…
Fullback Eli Penny (unknown), linebacker Ryan Connelly (unknown), and cornerback Prince Smith (unknown) did not practice.

Head Coach Joe Judge was asked about Connelly missing Friday’s scrimmage and today’s light practice. “You know what, first off, I’m not going to go into any specific injuries really at any time,” replied Judge. “But I’ll say this, we had several players that we kind of managed a little bit different today. We came off a long, hard week, a hard scrimmage the other day. We gave them a day off yesterday. Today was really a day to mentally take a step forward, physically get our bodies right, then we’re going to hit the field again tomorrow. We’ll see where everyone’s at tonight after a couple days off. We’ll approach practice tomorrow accordingly for everyone individually.”

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Giants practice on Monday morning (9:45-11:45AM). Head Coach Joe Judge and several assistant coaches and players will also address the media.

ARTICLES…

 

Aug 212020
 
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Austin Mack and James Bradberry, New York Giants (August 21, 2020)

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AUGUST 21, 2020 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP MEDIA PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media and team sources:

  • The Giants held a full-contact, intra-squad scrimmage on Friday morning.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, quarterback Daniel Jones started things off by going 3-of-3 with completions to wide receiver Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton (twice).
  • In 7-on-7 drills, safety Montre Hartage jumped a flat pass by quarterback Colt McCoy and batted it down.
  • Wide receiver Alex Bachman drew praise from coaches and teammates.
  • The starting offense struggled on the first series of the scrimmage with an incomplete pass, short run by running back Saquon Barkley, and a deflected pass by defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson. Then there were two short runs by running back Dion Lewis and a short pass to wide receiver Golden Tate. Quarterback Daniel Jones was 1-of-3. Safety Jabrill Peppers stuffed one of the runs.
  • Quarterback Colt McCoy threw a short pass to tight end Eric Tomlinson. This was followed by a nice run by running back Wayne Gallman, who then could not handle a low pass from McCoy. Gallman then had two short runs followed by McCoy overthrowing tight end Kaden Smith.
  • Quarterback Cooper Rush threw a short pass to running back Javon Leake. This was followed by short runs by Leake and running back Sandro Platzgummer. Rush then found tight end Garrett Dickerson for a completion.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones threw a pass to running back Saquon Barkley for a 1st down. This was followed by an 8-yard pass to Barkley, who then Barkley ran for a 1st down on 2nd-and-2. Jones threw a screen pass to Barkley who was tackled from behind by defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence. (Both Lawrence and Dalvin Tomlinson were active). Jones then completed a pass to wide receiver David Sills  for a 1st down on 3rd-and-7. Jones was 3-of-3 on this series.
  • Quarterback Colt McCoy threw a short pass to running back Wayne Gallman, followed by a short run by Gallman on a play where linebacker Tae Crowder smacked the running back. Crowder showed good speed and anticipation on defense. McCoy threw a short pass to wide receiver Alex Bachman and then tight end Kaden Smith.
  • Running back Javon Leake with a nice run to pick up a 1st down on 3rd-and-1. Quarterback Alex Tanney threw a short passes to wide receivers Derrick Dillon and C.J. Board. Linebacker T.J. Brunson got a big hit on Board. Tanney’s short pass was then dropped by Dillon, and his next pass to Dillon was behind the receiver.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones’ short pass was knocked down by a defender at the line. Jones threw an incomplete pass to wide receiver Darius Slayton, who was covered by cornerback James Bradberry. Jones completed a short pass to tight end Evan Engram. This was followed by a delay-of-game penalty. Cornerback Darnay Holmes made a leaping interception of a deep pass from Jones intended for wide receiver Golden Tate. However, on Holmes’ return, left tackle Andrew Thomas hit Holmes who fumbled the ball (defense recovered).
  • Quarterback Colt McCoy incomplete pass to wide receiver Austin Mack, who was covered by cornerback Grant Haley. Haley then held wide receiver Alex Bachman. McCoy then missed a wide open Mack downfield. He then completed a short pass to wide receiver Binjimen Victor.
  • Cornerback Dravon Askew-Henry knocked away two passes from quarterback Alex Tanney intended for wide receiver Tony Brown.
  • In the red zone, quarterback Daniel Jones found wide receiver Darius Slayton for a short completion. Running backs Saquon Barkley and Dion Lewis had two short runs. Jones completed a short pass to tight end Evan Engram followed by an incomplete pass intended for wide receiver Golden Tate, and a short pass to Slayton. Place kicker Graham Gano converted on a short-field goal attempt. The Giants moved Gano back twice and he hit both subsequent field goals.
  • In the red zone, quarterback Colt McCoy threw a shot pass to wide receiver David Sills. This was followed by two short runs by running back Wayne Gallman and short touchdown pass from McCoy to wide receiver Alex Bachman. The Giants go for the 2-point conversion and McCoy finds wide receiver Austin Mack, who beat cornerback Grant Haley.
  • In the red zone, running back Javon Leake ran for a touchdown up the middle. Quarterback Cooper Rush found tight end Garrett Dickerson for a touchdown.
  • In the red zone, cornerback James Bradberry knocked away a quarterback Daniel Jones pass intended for wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
  • In the red zone, after two Alex Tanney passes to wide receiver C.J. Board and two short runs by running back Javon Leake, place kicker Graham Gano was called upon to kick three field goals again, including two in the 50+ range, which he did successfully.
  • Full field. Quarterback Daniel Jones was too high on a long pass intend for tight end Kaden Smith. There were then two short runs by running backs Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman and an incomplete pass intended for tight end Levine Toilolo. Jones then threw short passes to Smith and wide receiver Golden Tate. Gallman followed this up with a nice run and Jones with a short pass to tight end Garrett Dickerson. Jones threw an intermediate pass to wide receiver Austin Mack, followed by another good run by Gallman. Linebacker Lorenzo Carter then stopped Galllman for a loss. Defensive back Julian Love broke up an endzone pass intended for Tate. Jones finished this long drive with a touchdown pass to Smith on 3rd-and-goal from the 9-yard line. Left tackle Andrew Thomas performed well in pass protection against linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Markus Golden.
  • Full field. Quarterback Colt McCoy completes short passes to wide receiver Alex Bachman and running back Javon Leake. Leake stopped by safety Montre Hartage on a short run. Wide receiver Tony Brown dropped a pass, followed by a short pass to Backhman. Leake breaks a long run. McCoy finds wide receiver Binjimen Victor for a completion then throws the ball away and throws behind wide receiver C.J. Board. Possession ends with short pass to Leake.
  • Half field. Quarterback Colt McCoy throws to wide receiver Tony Brown and tight end Rysen John, the latter making a diving catch. McCoy finds tight end Garrett Dickerson on a run-and-catch touchdown.
  • Half field. Quarterback Daniel Jones throws passes to wide receivers Golden Tate and David Sills. After an offside penalty, Jones’ short pass to running back Wayne Gallman is dropped. Jones then hits Sills on a long touchdown against cornerback James Bradberry, who was expecting help from safety Jabrill Peppers (Peppers cramped up on this play).
  • Half field. After a short run by running back Javon Leake, quarterback Colt McCoy threw short passes to tight end Eric Tomlinson and Leake. Wide receiver Binjimen Victor then made a diving catch. Tomlinson finished up the drive and practice with a spinning touchdown reception.

INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Corey Coleman (coming off of an ACL injury), linebacker Ryan Connelly (coming off of an ACL injury), and safety Xavier McKinney (unknown) did not practice.

“We just thought they had a really strong load, and we’re looking to really build into next Friday,” said Head Coach Joe Judge after practice. “Based on what they did the rest of the week, and those guys carried a heavy load for the team throughout practices, we thought it was best to just go ahead and rest them.”

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

NBC4 NEW YORK TO TELEVISE NEXT TWO SCRIMMAGES…
The New York Giants and NBC4 New York have announced that the next two intra-squad scrimmages will be televised on a one-day tape delay, airing Saturday, August 29th at 6:00PM and Friday, September 4th at 7:00PM. The scrimmages will also be available on Giants.com, the Giants Mobile App, and on the Giants YouTube page. Unfortunately, the scrimmage feeds will be edited and only run for one hour each.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players are off on Saturday and return to practice on Sunday.

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David Sills and Grant Haley, New York Giants (August 18, 2020)

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AUGUST 20, 2020 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP MEDIA PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media and team sources:

  • Right guard Kevin Zeitler, offensive guard Shane Lemieux, and linebacker Tae Crowder had to run penalty laps.
  • Giants ran the physical 1-on-1 full-contact drills again. In these drills, linebacker David Mayo, linebacker Ryan Connelly, and safety Jaquarius Landrews had some good pops.
  • Linebacker Blake Martinez beat running back Saquon Barkley in a pass blocking drill; Barkley handled Martinez on the next attempt.
  • Wide receiver Golden Tate was tough to cover in 1-on-1 drills.
  • Also in 1-on-1 drills, wide receiver C.J. Board beat cornerback James Bradberry deep.
  • A lot of touches in both the running and passing game for running back Saquon Barkley.
  • Running back Dion Lewis impressed with his speed, quickness, and burst on a few runs. Lewis also looked good picking up a blitz from linebacker David Mayo.
  • On one of Lewis’ big runs, tight end Evan Engram and left tackle Andrew Thomas made good blocks.
  • Linebacker Cam Brown showed good hustle on an outside run.
  • Place kicker Graham Gano was 6-of-6 on field goal attempts.
  • Wide receivers Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton returned punts.
  • In 1-on-1 coverage drills, safety Xavier McKinney broke up a couple of passes. He also later had a good hit on wide receiver Darius Slayton.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, quarterback Daniel Jones threw a perfect pass over the middle through a tight window to running back Saquon Barkley with safety Jabrill Peppers in coverage.
  • Cornerback James Bradberry blanketed wide receiver Darius Slayton on a deep sideline pass.
  • Tight end Rysen John made a spinning, 1-handed catch of a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy.
  • Safety Julian Love intercepted a pass from quarterback Daniel Jones over the middle that bounced off of the intended receiver’s hands.
  • Wide receiver Binjimen Victor had a potential touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones sail through his hands, but Victor caught a touchdown pass from Jones on the very next snap.
  • Quarterback Colt McCoy threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver David Sills over cornerback Grant Haley. McCoy also had a nice connection with wide receiver Austin Mack.
  • Defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams clogged the line of scrimmage on a couple of running back Saquon Barkley carries.
  • Linebacker Carter Coughlin filled the hole nicely to tackle running back Saquon Barkley. Coughlin and linebacker Tae Crowder got into the backfield on a couple of blitzes.
  • Running back Wayne Gallman made a nice cut in the hole on a running play.
  • Wide receiver Alex Bachman made a nice move against cornerback Dravon Askew-Henry. Askew-Henry also tipped a pass that was caught by wide receiver Austin Mack.
  • Running back Saquon Barkley juked out linebacker Ryan Connelly in coverage.
  • Cornerback Jarren Williams saw his reps increased.
  • Cornerback Darnay Holmes broke up a pass.
  • A 24-minute video peek at today’s action is available on YouTube.

INJURY REPORT…
Everyone not on the various reserve lists practiced.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants hold an intra-squad scrimmage on Friday (10:45AM-12:45PM), with Head Coach Joe Judge and select players also addressing the media after the scrimmage. The players are off on Saturday.

Aug 192020
 
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Cody Core, New York Giants (August 17, 2020)

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AUGUST 19, 2020 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP MEDIA PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media and team sources:

  • After Tuesday night’s very physical practice, the New York Giants held a light, 75-percent speed practice on Wednesday.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones and center Spencer Pulley had to run laps after a botched center exchange.
  • Running back Saquon Barkley returned kickoffs.

INJURY REPORT – CODY CORE DONE FOR THE SEASON…
It was revealed that wide receiver Cody Core tore his Achilles’ tendon during yesterday’s practice. He will miss the entire 2020 NFL season and was officially placed on Injured Reserve. While Core only had three catches for 28 yards in 2019, he was arguably the team’s best special teams player, excelling on punt coverage. He was credited with eight tackles and was a big factor in downing punts inside the 20-yard line. The Giants re-signed him to a 2-year, $4 million contract in the offseason.

“Now I will say this about Cody,” said Head Coach Joe Judge. “Look, I hate it for him. I hate it for him. You watch a guy work his butt off. You know what kind of competitor he is, what kind of player he is, how much he’s invested in us and what he’s done. Everything we’ve asked him to do, he’s done 100 percent. He was great during the virtual program in the spring. He was much better, obviously, in person. You can really get a feel for the guy when you’re in the same room a lot more and watching him work on the field. He made a great deal of improvement as a receiver. He’s one of the top special teams players in the league.

“Hopefully, his injury is something he can come back from full speed. I look forward to seeing this guy in the future. His personality, the way he competes, his physical ability, he’s definitely the kind of guy we want to work with. Everyone on the team takes a blow when anyone has any kind of an injury. That’s just the way it is. We care about each other in the locker room, we want to see everybody succeed. We’ll have to go ahead and look to replace positions at all spots, but we hate it for Cody Core. We wish him well in his recovery.”

The 6’3”, 205-pound Core was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In three seasons with the Bengals, he played in 35 regular-season games with seven starts, accumulating 30 catches for 360 yards and one touchdown. The Giants claimed  Core off of waivers from the Bengals in September 2019.

Judge said cornerback Corey Ballentine, who injured his shoulder in Tuesday’s practice, was fine. “They told us he was cleared to practice today and go through all of the team drills,” said Judge.

GIANTS OFFICIALLY SIGN GRAHAM GANO…
The Giants finally officially announced the expected signing of place kicker Graham Gano. The NFL Network is reporting that the deal is a 1-year contract with a maximum value of $2.5 million, including $1 million in guaranteed money and $250,000 in incentives.

The 33-year old Gano spent most of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins (2009-2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012-2019). However, he missed the last four games of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season with a knee injury. The Panthers released him in late July 2020. Gano is a 82 percent field goal kicker who made the Pro Bowl in 2017. He also kicked a 63-yard field goal against the Giants in 2018.

“Obviously, (Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey) and (General Manager) Dave (Gettleman) have experience with him personally from back in Carolina,” said Head Coach Joe Judge. “That goes a long way. He’s someone who wasn’t available early on in this process. Then when he became available, we obviously had him on our radar. It was fortunate that it worked out the way it is.

“He’s a competitive guy, he’s a talented guy. He obviously missed a little bit of time due to injury. I’m anxious to get him on the field and see him get going. He’s a big leg guy who has experience. He hits a consistent, straight line ball with solid flight, the ball gets good lift. He’s made improvement throughout his career. I think with any specialist, kicker, punter, snapper, you really see their best ball as they get towards their 30’s. They’ve had their time to really develop, to understand the league, to really understand how their body works, to structure it for the duration of a season. They understand situationally how they have to stay fresh and in the moment. Young guys may have a little bit more pop in their legs at times. Young guys may have a little bit more raw ability. But when it comes to NFL specialists, they really start peaking around those 30’s ages right there. That’s why a lot of them have the ability to play even in their early 40’s.”

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice again on Thursday morning (9:45-11:45AM), with Head Coach Joe Judge and select players also addressing the media after practice.

ARTICLES…

Aug 182020
 
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Blake Martinez and Chad Slade, New York Giants (August 17, 2020)

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AUGUST 18, 2020 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP MEDIA PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media and team sources:

  • By all accounts, the Giants had one of their hardest hitting and most physical practices in years.
  • Running backs Javon Leake and Wayne Gallman showed off some nifty moves. But Gallman, along with linebacker Cam Brown, had to run penalty laps.
  • Linebacker Markus Golden’s quickness gave offensive tackle Cam Fleming some problems in 1-on-1 and 11-on-11 drills. But Fleming had a good practice overall at right tackle.
  • Safety Xavier McKinney picked off a pass in the flat from quarterback Colt McCoy.
  • Linebacker Devante Downs made a nice tackle on the goal line against running back Wayne Gallman.
  • Left tackle Andrew Thomas had his hands full in 1-on-1 drills with defensive lineman Leonard Williams and linebackers Lorenzo Carter, Markus Golden, and Kyler Fackrell. Thomas also bounced back and did alright on other occasions.
  • Defensive end R.J. McIntosh and offensive guard Shane Lemieux threw some punches at each other.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones threw a perfect back corner fade to wide receiver Sterling Shepard for a touchdown against cornerback James Bradberry. Shepard is having a good camp.
  • Nick Gates looked good at center and Shane Lemieux flashed at guard.
  • Left guard Will Hernandez had a strong practice.
  • Linebacker Tae Crowder looked good in coverage.
  • The Giants provided an excellent 27-minute overview of today’s practice, which is available on YouTube.

INJURY REPORT…
Cornerback Corey Ballentine appeared to seriously injure his shoulder. The cart was brought out but he stayed on the field and finished practice. Wide receiver Cody Core left practice with an unknown injury.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Tuesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice again on Wednesday afternoon (1:30-2:30PM), with Head Coach Joe Judge and select players also addressing the media earlier in the day.

Aug 172020
 
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New York Giants Training Camp (August 17, 2020)

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AUGUST 17, 2020 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP MEDIA PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media and team sources:

  • Quarterback Daniel Jones was very sharp in 1-on-1 drills, throwing six “touchdowns.”
  • Quarterback Colt McCoy was also sharp in 1-on-1 drills, throwing eight “touchdowns.”
  • Cornerback Darnay Holmes continues to have a strong camp.
  • Wide receiver C.J. Board made a couple of impressive catches, including a leaping touchdown reception in the back corner of the end zone over cornerback Jarren Williams on a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy.
  • Wide receiver Alex Bachman looked very quick and scored three touchdowns in practice.
  • In team drills, cornerback Darnay Holmes made a diving interception in the end zone on  a pass from quarterback Daniel Jones intended for wide receiver Golden Tate. Jones and Tate did connect on a couple of touchdowns during team drills.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones found wide receiver Derrick Dillon for a touchdown over cornerback Dravon Askew-Henry.
  • Offensive tackle Cam Fleming impressed in 1-on-1 drills.
  • Wide receiver Corey Coleman (knee), tight end Evan Engram (foot), and linebacker Ryan Connelly (knee) showed no ill-effects from last year’s injuries and all moved around well. Coleman in particular looked sharp, including a touchdown catch from quarterback Daniel Jones against cornerback Jarren Williams.
  • Wide receiver Binjimen Victor beat cornerback Corey Ballentine for a touchdown on a pass from quarterback Daniel Jones.
  • Linebacker Cam Brown recovered a fumble during 7-on-7 drills.
  • Linebacker Blake Martinez broke up a pass intended for tight end Levine Toilolo.
  • Defensive lineman Leonard Williams was disruptive on a couple of running plays.
  • The Giants provided an excellent 27-minute overview of today’s practice, which is available on YouTube.

INJURY REPORT…
Cornerback Grant Haley (unknown) worked on the sidelines but did not practice.

GIANTS CUT CHANDLER CATANZARO, SIGN DAYLON MACK …
The New York Giants have released place kicker Chandler Catanzaro. His release was expected with the anticipated signing of place kicker Graham Gano. The Giants signed Catanzaro in July after the team released place kicker Aldrick Rosas.

The Giants also signed defensive lineman Daylon Mack, who was waived by the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions earlier this month. The 23-year old, 6’1”, 340-pound Mack was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Ravens. He played in one game last season.

Catanzaro was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Arizona Cardinals after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Cardinals (2014-2016), New York Jets (2017, 2019), and Carolina Panthers (2018). Catanzaro retired from football in August 2019 after struggling in the preseason against the Giants. In five NFL seasons (2014-2018), Catanzaro was 119-of-142 (83.8 percent) on field goal attempts and 182-of-196  (92.9 percent) extra point attempts. Sixty percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

CB DEANDRE BAKER ARRAIGNMENT SET FOR SEPTEMBER 15 …
Broward County, Florida has set the arraignment for cornerback Deandre Baker for September 15th. Baker is currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt List due to his legal troubles. At the team’s request, he has not participated in any team workouts this offseason. Baker is charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm from an incident that occurred in Florida in May. If convicted, Baker faces a minimum prison sentence of 10 years up to life.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Monday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice again on Tuesday evening (5:45-7:30PM), with Head Coach Joe Judge and select players also addressing the media earlier in the day.

Aug 162020
 
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Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones, New York Giants (August 16, 2020)

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NEW YORK GIANTS AUGUST 16, 2020 TRAINING CAMP REPORTS…

GIANTS TO SIGN GRAHAM GANO…
According to media reports, the New York Giants will sign place kicker Graham Gano. The 33-year old Gano spent most of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins (2009-2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012-2019). However, he missed the last four games of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season with a knee injury. The Panthers released him in late July. Gano is a 82 percent field goal kicker who made the Pro Bowl in 2017. He also kicked a 63-yard field goal against the Giants in 2018.

GIANTS CUT CODY WHITE…
The Giants have waived wide receiver Cody White, who the team signed last Tuesday. The 6’3”, 215-pound White was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. The Chiefs cut him on July 29 when the reduced their roster to 80 players. White is the son of former Giants cornerback Sheldon White, who played with the team in 1988-1989.

Aug 142020
 
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Leonard Williams, New York Giants (November 4, 2019)

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NEW YORK GIANTS AUGUST 14, 2020 INJURY REPORT…
Offensive tackle Andrew Thomas was excused from practice for personal reasons. Every other player on the roster practiced today.

NEW YORK GIANTS AUGUST 14, 2020 TRAINING CAMP REPORTS…

LEONARD WILLIAMS ACTIVATED FROM NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST…
New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams passed his physical and has been activated from the Non-Football Injury List. Williams was placed on the list at the start of training camp with a hamstring injury on August 2nd.

The Giants acquired Williams by trade from the New York Jets in late October 2019. He played in eight games for the Giants with five starts, finishing with 26 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 pass defenses, and 1 forced fumble.

The 6’5”, 302-pound Williams was the sixth player taken overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Jets. In four and a half seasons with the Jets, Williams started 70 games, accruing 240 tackles, 17 sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles. His best season was 2016, when he was credited with 68 tackles and seven sacks.

GIANTS CLAIM WIDE RECEIVER…
On Thursday, the New York Giants claimed wide receiver C.J. Board off of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 26-year old, 6’1”, 181-pound Board was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2017), Tennessee Titans (2017), Cleveland Browns (2017-2018), and Jaguars (2018-2019). However, his only regular-season experience came in 2019 when his played in four games for the Jaguars and finished the year with just two catches for 31 yards.

GIANTS SIGN ROOKIE CORNERBACK…
Although not official, according to media reports, the New York Giants signed cornerback Prince Smith. The 5’10”, 191-pound Smith was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. The Eagles cut him on August 7th.

Jul 242020
 
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Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (July 25, 2019)

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GIANTS PLAYERS REPORT TO CAMP, BUT NO PRACTICES FOR A WHILE…
While New York Giants players are reporting to summer training camp in East Rutherford, New Jersey, actual practices are not expected to be held until mid-August due to COVID-19 restrictions. All preseason games are expected to be canceled. The Giants’ regular-season Monday night home opener is currently scheduled for September 14th.

Giants’ quarterbacks, rookies, and injured players began reporting to camp on July 23 with the rest of the team scheduled to report on July 28. According to SNY, reporting players are immediately tested in a trailer outside of MetLife Stadium and then sent back home or to their hotel. For the next two days, players can only attend virtual meetings. The players are then tested again on the fourth day.

Players who test negative twice will be allowed to take team physicals and participate in the strength and conditioning program. Groups will be limited to no more than 20 players.

Asymptomatic players or staff members who test positive must leave camp and not return for 10 days unless they pass two more tests within a 5-day period. If the individual develops symptoms, that person cannot return for 10 days and 72 hours after the symptoms subside. Contact tracing proximity devices will be worn by everyone, and anyone coming into contact with an infected player will not be allowed back until they pass two tests.

The NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have agreed that players will receive daily testing for the first two weeks of camp. If the rate of positive tests remains below 5 percent at the 2-week mark, testing will occur every other day.

According to media reports, the Giants will conduct most training camp functions at MetLife Stadium in order to be better comply with COVID-19 restrictions. The home and away locker rooms at the stadium will allow for greater social distancing. The Giants will also have access to suites inside the stadium in order to hold team meetings. However, the Giants will still practice at nearby Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Practices will not be open to the public.

For the bulk of the players who report on July 28th, the current schedule looks like this:

  • July 28: Report and receive first test.
  • July 29-30: Return to home/hotel and only participate in virtual meetings.
  • July 31: Report and receive second test.
  • August 1-2: Players who test negative receive physicals.
  • August 3-14: Strength and conditioning and on-field walk-throughs.
  • August 16: Helmet and shells practices begin, slowing being ramped up to full-padded work.

There is also a strong possibility that training camp rosters will be reduced from 90 to 80. Players will have the option to opt out of the 2020 season, but the financial ramifications of doing so are still being worked out between the NFL and NFLPA.

ARTICLES…

Jul 232020
 
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Markus Golden, New York Giants (September 22, 2019)

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GIANTS BEGIN REPORTING TO CAMP…
Because the NFL and NFL Players Association were able to resolve COVID-19 testing procedure issues yesterday, the New York Giants gave the green light for quarterbacks, rookies, and injured players to begin reporting to summer training camp in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Thursday, which was the day they were originally supposed to report. All other players are scheduled to report on July 28. Coaches began arriving on July 17.

According to media reports, the Giants will conduct most training camp functions at MetLife Stadium in order to be better comply with COVID-19 restrictions. The home and away locker rooms at the stadium will allow for greater social distancing. The Giants will also have access to suites inside the stadium in order to hold team meetings. However, the Giants will still practice at nearby Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Practices will not be open to the public.

The current NFL-NFL Players Association plan appears to require players to be tested on the first and fourth day of camp, with only virtual meetings being held in between tests. Players who pass both tests would then be allowed to congregate at the team facility for physicals. Meanwhile, daily testing would continue for at least the first two weeks of training camp. If the rate of positive tests remains below 5 percent at the 2-week mark, testing will occur every other day.

DEADLINE FOR MARKUS GOLDEN PASSES…
Back in late April, the New York Giants placed a seldom-used “May 5” tender on unrestricted free agent linebacker Markus Golden. Unless Golden signed with another team by July 22, the tender would enable the Giants to maintain exclusive signing rights until the 10th week of the 2020 NFL season. That deadline has now passed without Golden signing. Golden’s options now are to holdout until Week 10 (at which time he will have to sit out the remainder of the season) or sign his 1-year, $4.125 million tender (which is 100 percent of his 2019 salary) with the Giants.

The New York Post is reporting that Golden plans to sign the Giants’ tender on July 28th, when most veterans are scheduled to report to training camp.

The Giants signed Golden as an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2019. Golden had a strong debut season with the Giants in 2019, starting all 16 games, playing 83 percent of all defensive snaps, accruing a career-high 72 tackles, and team-high 10 sacks.

The 6’3”, 260-pound Golden was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. Golden’s break-out season was in 2016 at linebacker when he accrued 51 tackles and 12.5 sacks. He missed 12 games in 2017 with an ACL injury. While he returned in 2018, he missed five games and saw his production slip to 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

MATT PEART AND T.J. BRUNSON AGREE TO TERMS…
SNY is reporting that New York Giants 2020 NFL Draft pick offensive tackle tackle Matt Peart (3rd round) has agreed to terms. The Bergen Record is reporting that linebacker T.J. Brunson (7th round) has done so as well. SNY had reported yesterday that cornerback Darnay Homes (4th round), offensive guard Shane Lemieux (5th round), and linebacker Cam Brown (6th round) had also agreed to terms. Linebacker Tae Crowder (7th round) signed his contract in early May.

Remaining unsigned, but expected to sign shortly, are offensive tackle Andrew Thomas (1st round), safety Xavier McKinney (2nd round), linebacker Carter Coughlin (7th round), and defensive back Chris Williamson (7th round).